John Ankerberg: Yes. Let’s switch countries, and let’s go to
Lebanon. And I want to talk about the Muslim woman
who was married four times, you called in your book “the Muslim woman at the well,”
okay? And, JoAnn, I want you to tell us about this. JoAnn Doyle: Yes. Oh, this is such a sweet story. So, if you’ve never been to Lebanon, come
with me. I want to introduce you to a sweet woman. Her name is Sunni. So, you can imagine; Sunni, of course, is
one of the sects of Islam. How would you like to carry around that name
for your whole life? So, here’s this young woman, raised in a
very radical family, in a very radical area in Lebanon. And her heart’s longing has always been
to be loved. She’s never experienced true unconditional
love. And yet that’s what God has planted in each
one of our hearts is that desire to be loved for who we are. So she wants that, but that’s not what she
gets. You know, her parents arrange for her to be
married. So she marries this man that she doesn’t
like, you know, at all, but she’s married to this man. And the problem is that she’s not able to
conceive and give him a child. John Ankerberg: Yes. JoAnn Doyle: And that’s what this man wants. John Ankerberg: He’s having sex with her
as often as he possibly can. JoAnn Doyle: Every night. John Ankerberg: Every night, and she just
cannot bear a child. JoAnn Doyle: She doesn’t,… She actually does get pregnant twice, but
she loses both of those babies. So, she can’t maintain a pregnancy. So, after three years of marriage he says,
“That’s it, Sunni. I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you. Get out of here.” And she literally has to leave right then
and there. Well, she’s brought shame to her family,
so she can’t return home. She does not know what to do. She doesn’t want to live on the streets. But she has a friend, this woman friend. And she goes to her apartment and she tells
her what happens. And she ends up staying there. But she makes a mistake, and that is that
she called her mother and told her what happened, that she had been divorced by her husband. And her mother doesn’t want to hear this. Her mother, she feels the shame that her daughter
has brought on her family, and she insists that she marries again. “You’ve shamed us by not having children,
and now you’ve shamed us by being divorced.” Okay, now, did Sunni have a choice in any
of this? No, she didn’t. So her parents arrange a second marriage for
her. This time, again, she doesn’t want this,
a man that’s 25 years older than she is. Twenty-five years older. She’s married to this man, and what does
he do to her? He beats her. John Ankerberg: He beats her almost every
night. JoAnn Doyle: Constantly, yes, and consistently. And so finally she feels like she’s going
to die if she stays in this marriage. And that longing that she has for love, oh,
my goodness, it’s not even close to being satisfied. So, her friend that’s a little bit on the
edge there,… John Ankerberg: Yes. JoAnn Doyle: …you know, she’s not a sweet
little Islamic girl. She says, “You need to divorce this guy. You’re the one that needs to walk out this
time.” So she gives her enough kind of courage, and
so that’s what Sunni does. She leaves her second husband. John Ankerberg: Yes. JoAnn Doyle: So now she’s barren and she’s
not been divorced just once but twice. She makes that same mistake again. Her parents hear about it. Her family hears about it. And she has a brother, we forgot to mention
she has a brother that’s a few years older than her, and he constantly beats her up. John Ankerberg: Beats her up. JoAnn Doyle: And so he says to his parents,
“Okay, she has shamed us over and over again. And if you do not arrange for another marriage,
I myself am going to bring honor back to our family by killing her.” John Ankerberg: Right. JoAnn Doyle: So, after being divorced those
two times she hears what her brother wants to do, and her friend says, “You know what,
you can get a great job in Jordan. There is a wonderful hotel there. I can get you a job, and you can be free like
you’ve always wanted to be free.” So, Sunni moves to Jordan, and she starts
working in this fancy-schmancy hotel. And she meets this man. And this man is handsome. This man, for the first time in her life,
shows her kindness. She’s drawn to this. You know, remember, she wants love. She’s empty inside of her heart and she’s
longing to be just treated with kindness and respect. So she ends up marrying this gentleman because
she thinks he loves her. John Ankerberg: Right. JoAnn Doyle: So they’re married, you know. Things are going okay for a couple of months. Then all of a sudden,… and she doesn’t
understand why they always have money. She doesn’t really understand what her husband’s
job is. Well, one day he says to her, “Sunni, I’m
bringing someone home for dinner. Will you prepare a lovely meal for us?” So, she does. They have this nice dinner, and then he says,
“By the way, he’s going to stay with us overnight.” Okay. So, they have their dinner. They’re drinking whiskey, which is totally
un-Islamic, but they’re drinking alcohol, which shocks her. And when it’s time to go to bed, you know,
her husband says, “Our guest is ready for bed now, Sunni.” “Okay. Good night,” she says. And as she turns around and leaves, her husband
says to her, “Sunni, you are to go to bed with him. You are his companion for the night.” And you can imagine the shock. Her husband, who she thinks loves her, the
man that she’s given her heart and soul and body to, is now treating her as a prostitute. John Ankerberg: Making money off her. JoAnn Doyle: Making money off her and using
her. So they go into the bedroom. She feels shattered. But when she goes into the bathroom to take
her time to get ready, this man who’d been drinking so much whiskey, praise God, fell
asleep, sound asleep on the bed. And she just escaped. So, now Sunni’s divorced for the third time. Her brother’s beaten her up. Her parents are just disgusted with her. She has brought so much shame to their family. So they say, “Okay, we are going to marry
you one last time. This is your final chance to redeem yourself.” So she marries another man, again an older
gentleman, and this time she is the second wife. And she finds out the second night of her
marriage that the reason that she’s even in this marriage is it’s a triangle. She’s the third one, and she’s to be a
slave to her new husband and this first wife. She can’t handle that either, so she runs
away. She goes back to Lebanon, and she meets her
friend back in her apartment. And her friend has been having dreams about
Jesus, comes to faith in Christ. And when Sunni pours out her whole story,
she says, “Come with me. I have someplace I want you to go.” She brings her to this Bible study, and for
the first time Sunni hears about Jesus – that he loves her and that he’s got a plan for
her life. And he saves her. And for the very first time in Sunni’s life
the love that she longed for, the hole in her heart that’s been just so empty, has
been filled with the love of Jesus. John Ankerberg: Yes. And then, surprise after surprise, her brother
comes,… JoAnn Doyle: Yes. John Ankerberg: …and says he loves her and
he asks her for forgiveness. JoAnn Doyle: Can you imagine? John Ankerberg: Because he has become a believer
and follower of Jesus. JoAnn Doyle: Only God could orchestrate that.